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For each youth referred, require PHAs to obtain PCWA certification that the PCWA will provide or secure access to supportive services.

Publication Report

2023-LA-0004 | March 29, 2023

Opportunities Exist to Enhance Oversight of the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative to Improve Program Effectiveness

We audited the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Public Housing Voucher Programs’ oversight of the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI). We audited the program early in its implementation to identify opportunities… more

Related Recommendations

Public and Indian Housing

  • Develop and implement a plan to assist PHAs in improving voucher utilization, including providing additional guidance to PHAs to improve coordination between PHAs and PCWAs to improve voucher utilization and limit barriers to leasing.

  • Closed on July 26, 2023

    Require PHAs to document that they informed FYI participants at program entry of their eligibility for supportive services and the availability of those services for the duration of the program.

  • Include FYI in its voucher risk assessment and develop and implement monitoring policies, procedures, and controls.

  • Closed on May 01, 2024

    Establish and implement methods to regularly assess the effectiveness of the program in preventing and ending youth homelessness and improving participants’ self-sufficiency, which could include performance metrics and periodic studies performed by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).